Check Out These 5 Essential Apps & Tools for Builders

As a leading supplier of building products and materials since 1931, Builders’ General’s goal is to make things easy for our valued customers and partners. We’re always looking for ways to share valuable resources and information to custom builders, remodelers, architects and those that support the building industry.

Builders’ General understands that running a construction company is unlike managing any other type of business, as it poses unique challenges for organization and management. For construction businesses, having the right tools at your fingertips is key to your success. With all the moving parts to consider, efficiency and organization is critical to our industry. In this blog post, we’re sharing 5 great tech tools every construction pro needs to make getting the project done faster, easier and more profitable.

Atlas3D – Ideal for Virtual Tours

A virtual tour platform, Atlas3D is a tech tool which serves as an interactive map. Add on MapSpacer, an app which allows construction firms to offer virtual tours of the building that’s in the planning stages or currently under construction. It also allows for visibility of interactive map locations and building specs. Best of all, Atlas3D is fully compatible with VR so your clients can just connect the gear and immerse themselves.

Kukun – Perfect for Managing / Subcontracting Work

This is a great tool for businesses in the construction industry to use when estimating, bidding and subcontracting work. It allows the company to break down projects into subcontracts, then put the work out for bid requests. Kukun allows users to choose new subcontractors from their directory of vetted candidates, contact specific contractors individually or manage their own subcontractors within the platform. After subcontractors submit their online bids, the manager can easily view and compare all of them in one place to assemble the best team possible for their project.

Canvas – Stay Up To Code & Improve Operations

Canvas is a platform where construction pros can draw up custom forms easily, even if they have minimal tech and coding skills. With Canvas, it’s possible to share, learn and collect key job site info, with regards to safety and compliance. Some Canvas features include OSHA templates, material assessments, safety inspections, procedure evaluations, corrective actions, and quality audits to name a few. Canvas helps construction professionals keep their operations running smoothly and remain fully up to code.

Raken – Reporting Made Easy

This is a great tool for construction firms looking to streamline their reports. It combines inputs created by different users (foreman, superintendent, field workers, etc) and automatically creates branded reports. Your project managers and other users you designate access to can then log in to reports with real-time job site information. Raken is also handy for sending out text alerts for certain events, safety issues and delays.

Procore – All-in-One Construction Management

Procure is a great solution for all encompassing construction management, combining project management, quality and safety control and financials one one place. Procure’s features include meetings, drawings, photos, bidding, email, time cards, RFIs, (do you mean RFP?) specifications, budgets, inspections, accounting, contact management and even more. Best of all, Procure is cloud-based and easily accessible via mobile app, so you can stay up to date with operations anytime and anywhere, on job sites and in the field.

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While these tools can help get the job done more efficiently, having the right building supplies is essential. With convenient locations across New Jersey, Builders’ General always offers free delivery – where you want it, when you want it. Stop in or give us a call at 1-800-570-7227. We’re here to help any way we can.